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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Star Publish (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935188100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935188100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crestmont by Holly Weiss is an example of the best kind of story. Crestmont describes daily life at a large inn in wonderful detail. Every one of the characters is lively and intricate. Readers who enjoy well-researched, credible fiction will find respite on the pages of this delightful book."
        -- Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson-Reader Views

Be transported to the 1920s with ease. Holly Weiss has a fluid, descriptive talent that allows you to become absorbed in the story. She has shown considerable skill in her debut novel."
    -- Cheryl A. Heinrichs of AllBooks Review

With extensive attention to detail, the author creates a beautifully realistic world of the hustle and bustle at a busy summer inn in the 1920s.
      --Holly Connors, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

About the Author

Holly Weiss is a free lance writer, vocal instructor and retired professional singer. A polio survivor, she lives in Connecticut with her husband. Crestmont is her first novel.

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Holly Weiss was born in New Jersey in 1950. She is a private vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A polio survivor, she resides with her husband, Ernie, in Connecticut. She holds a B.S. in Music Education and Master of Music from Northwestern University. Crestmont is her first novel.

Visit her at http://www.hollyweiss.com

Downloadable Readers Guide for book groups on the "About the Book" tab.

The singer's voice led to the author's voice in 2006. Weiss's Crestmont journey began when she stayed overnight at The Crestmont Inn in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. A spark was lit to explore the lives of people working on staff at a busy summer inn. The 1920s period, replete with jazz, prohibition, fashion trends and interesting social mores perked her interest. After extensive research, writing retreats, guidance from God and encouragement from her husband, her debut novel, Crestmont, became a reality three and one-half years later. The novel is dedicated to her parents.

Ms. Weiss is an advocate for Eradicate Polio Now. http://www.polioeradication.org/Home.aspx


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I'll keep my eye out for Holly's next book - I'm sure I will enjoy reading it.
Kenneth R. Anderson
The story includes a cast of well-developed, true-to-life characters who are fascinating and believable at the same time.
Bobbie Crawford
The book is a work of historical fiction, combined with actual history, The Crestmont is a wildly entertaining read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rita on May 24, 2010
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Holly Weiss' Crestmont is a book that was meant to be read aloud - the depictions are incredibly detailed and the tone of the story is both peaceful and engaging. It's a book about people and how their relationships shaped who they are. As you read, you find parts of yourself reflected back with startling clarity and not without a generous amount of sensitivity. Gracie, Margaret, PT, and all the other characters have weaknesses that many of us share and strengths we all aspire to. I felt their pain and delighted in their successes. But in the end, the best part about Crestmont is it is purely enjoyable. It was as if I were at the 1920's Crestmont Inn - breathing the fresh air, smelling the newly baked bread, and watching the butterflies flit among the flowers. For the hours I spent reading this book, I was there. And just like the characters, I could sense the healing and tranquility of that place. Even long after I had finished reading, I found my mind traveling back to the solace of the inn. Holly Weiss' book does the heart good and I strongly encourage you to take some time out of your day to relax, remember, and dream with the Crestmont staff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer S. Brandes on November 13, 2010
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I could not put this book down. There is a little of everything in this book, history, mystery and even romance. I love historical novels and this book transported me back to the 1920's. The author did such a good job of making me feel like I was right there. I could smell the bread, see the wild life and flowers blowing in the breeze. I had to force myself to put this book down and go to sleep. :-)

This book has left me wanting to visit Eagles Mere, PA. I will certainly be watching for Holly's next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 7, 2010
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After the first world war, many women thought to take control of their own destinies. "Crestmont" tells the story of Gracie Antes as she pushes for her dream as a singer, accepting a job as a housemaid along her journey. Through her pursuit, she meets friends, love, and much heartache along her quest for a better life. "Crestmont" is a fine and riveting read for historical fiction fans, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erdajean on August 24, 2010
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Needed: an Adirondack chair, a cool, tall glass, and a transporting story, like this one, to leave the current age of tabloid trash and in-your-face dysfunction far behind.

Holly Weiss does not quite tell us why hopeful young singer Grace Antes was an unhappy girl, in her small-town Pennsylvania home. Or why her family, devout Moravians, seemed to care so little about her that no one went looking, when, with no adieu, she set out in search of a better life.

What Ms. Weiss does is to plant her gentle heroine in an excellently-drawn era of social stoicism, when "a family's business stays at home!" Any intimation of pain, personal angst (or ecstacy!) was considered Vulgar. Jerry Springer and Oprah would have found the well dry, in that time, when polite ladies still addressed their closest friends as Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones, and husbands were "The Mister."

It is a major act of daring when, once liberated, Grace bobs her hair, in timely flapper fashion, and then renames herself "Gracie," maybe the first frivolous thing she's ever done.

It becomes, increasingly, a joy to watch from the lakeside shadows as this lovely, innocent and gutsy young woman takes on the world, in the milieu of an old-time,upper-class resort, where she is maid, confidante, unwitting rival and, increasingly, object of affections.

The aura of the staid, class-conscious and studiedly non-intimate society holds well, throughout. There are things the reader would have loved to be privy to, along the way, and a few loose strands dangling, at the end. What really became of nemesis Bessie -- who WAS vulgar? And what happened to the men Gracie loved, but could not, would not marry?

Oh well -- that's the way it was, in that time -- it was just thought too coarse and common to let it all hang out!

A really good read, and recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon F. West on June 14, 2010
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"What a treat! What a rare privilege to be able to sit and read such a beautiful and engrossing novel; one that swept me along to a different time and place and left me feeling that I had met new friends and had had a much needed vacation...I offer full and unqualified praise...How wonderful to discover the economic descriptiveness of James Herriot combined with the warmth and humanity of Father Andrew M. Greeley. And, like Greeley, who gives us a moral compass for God's compassion and grace, puts this premier novel firmly in the highest level of writing." Jon Fredric West PhD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marrod on June 13, 2010
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Holly Weiss has written a gem. When I first bought Crestmont I was intrigued by the idea of a novel that was written about a place I actually know, but I wasn't sure that I'd like it. Historical novels are usually grand in scale, and I thought that a story about this small slice of life wouldn't be very exciting. I was wrong. With loving detail and a light hand, the author has frozen in time the very essence of a hotel, a town, and the lives of people who are just like you and me.

I'd recommend Crestmont to anyone looking for a way to slow down and think about what has come before. It's a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Leonard on May 22, 2010
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Ms. Weiss has created a vividly detailed picture of the life of a young courageous woman, Gracie, who after answering a want ad will leave her home and family to make a life of her own. Luckily, her new employers own a beautiful Inn and she becomes part of the "family" at Crestmont. The story takes you into the gracious era of the 1920's, introduces you to the difficulties that Gracie faced in her daily life working at the Crestmont Inn until she matures into a beautiful young woman with her own children.

The vivid characters, the Inn's history and the family who owned it help to mold Gracie's character as she matures into womanhood. This reader especially enjoyed the famous opera singer who visited the Inn to perform. For the short time she was there, she mentored Gracie and coached her with her singing.

I highly recommend this novel! It made this reader wish it continued!
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